September 4, 2009
IPSS Assignment: Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), Bonn, Germany
Edward Anthony Ceska was born in Vienna, Austria of Czech and Bulgarian parents in 1984. At the age of five, he immigrated to the United States where his mother received a tenured position as a Professor of Piano at Baylor University. He spent the majority of his primary school days and adolescent life in Texas, with summers spent in Vienna, Austria and the Moravian region of the Czech Republic with his father. While abroad, Edward had the fortunate opportunity to develop a strong proficiency in both the German and Czech languages. He has visited 25 countries in North America, Europe, and Asia, giving him an immeasurable cultural experience that later proved essential for his career aspirations.
Upon enrolling at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in the fall of 2007, Edward began his studies for a Master’s in International Policy Studies specializing in Conflict Resolution and German. During the summer, Edward interned with the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany where he gained immense experience in the fields of public and cultural diplomacy. Having previously interned at a cultural non-profit organization in Austria, Edward understood that effective public diplomacy is essential in executing foreign policy initiatives through the interaction between both public and private institutions while comprehending the subtle approaches a country takes in communicating with its citizens.
Mr. Ceska spent his International Professional Service Semester at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) in Bonn, Germany. Within the small arms control section, Edward focused primarily on topics pertaining to conflict resolution. Specifically, he worked on projects concerning traditional conflict resolution, security in the Horn of Africa and maritime piracy. For his capstone, he researched the structural root causes of piracy off the Somali coast and in the Gulf of Aden.